Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space Telescope (2018)

  • Pack a Space Telescope
  • Pack a Space Telescope
  • Pack a Space Telescope
  • Pack a Space Telescope
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Space telescopes can offer us better, clearer views of the universe (and of our own planet) than Earth-based telescopes can, but getting these large, delicate pieces of equipment into orbit is tricky. In "Exploring the Universe: Pack a Space Telescope," participants get a taste of the challenges faced by engineers in designing and building complicated tools that can fold up to fit inside a spacecraft, and then unfold again when they deploy in orbit. Participants will design, build, pack, and deploy their own model space telescopes in this activity.



Learning Goals

• Engineers design, build, and test new technologies to study the universe.

• Careful planning and design help us make new discoveries and better understand Earth and space.

• NASA teams work together to launch, guide into orbit, and operate a space telescope.



This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Owning institution

The Science Museum of Minnesota


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